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Female circumcision is nearly universal in Egypt, Eritrea, Mali and Sudan

Female circumcision is nearly universal in Egypt, Eritrea, Mali and Sudan Olenick, Iviva About nine out of 10 women in Egypt, Eritrea, Mali and northern Sudan have undergone some form of female circumcision, as have four of 10 in Cote d’Ivoire and the Central African Republic. According to a report based on Demographic and Health […]

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Early medical abortion regimens using different dosages of mifepristone are equally successful

Early medical abortion regimens using different dosages of mifepristone are equally successful Mahler, K A regimen of medical abortion consisting of 200 mg of mifepristone and 400 mcg of misoprostol is as likely to successfully terminate an early pregnancy as a regimen using the same dosage of misoprostol and 600 mg of mifepristone. In a […]

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Thai men who patronize prostitutes place their wives at risk of HPV-associated cervical cancer

Thai men who patronize prostitutes place their wives at risk of HPV-associated cervical cancer Hirozawa, A DIGESTS For Thai women, infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) type 16 or 18 is the most important factor in the progression of precancerous cervical lesions to invasive cancer; the risk of cancers associated with these viral types rises with […]

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Integrating reproductive tract infection services into family planning settings in Indonesia

Integrating reproductive tract infection services into family planning settings in Indonesia Budiharsana, Meiwita P Integrated reproductive health services are usually discussed in the context of settings with high HIV prevalence, but should also be considered as part of a comprehensive response to HIV/AIDS in low-prevalence countries. Family planning and maternal and child health services are […]

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Low dose of mifepristone used postcoitally is effective in preventing pregnancy

Low dose of mifepristone used postcoitally is effective in preventing pregnancy Estrin, D J As little as 10 mg of mifepristone is effective as an emergency contraceptive treatment, even if the delay between unprotected intercourse and treatment is as long as five days. According to a recent study, the pregnancy rate among women who had […]

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Available yet not accessible to all

Abortion services in South Africa: Available yet not accessible to all Varkey, Sanjani Jane The new political regime elected in South Africa in 1994 ushered in a wave of reform aimed at redressing the imbalances between people of different races, classes and geographical boundaries inherited from the apartheid era. The government’s commitment to women’s health […]

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Measuring family planning service quality through client satisfaction exit interviews

Measuring family planning service quality through client satisfaction exit interviews Williams, Timothy Context: Because of the widely recognized importance of quality of care in the provision of family planning and sexual and reproductive health services, there is a great need to develop simple means of evaluating quality of care. Of particular interest are approaches that […]

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Behavior Change Evaluation of a Culturally Consistent Reproductive Health Program for Young Kenyans

Behavior Change Evaluation of a Culturally Consistent Reproductive Health Program for Young Kenyans Erulkar, Annabel S Increasingly, public health policies and programs have focused on the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents, particularly in the developing world. This is largely a result of recognition that adolescents constitute large segments of developing countries’ populations, that […]

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REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AMONG CARIBBEAN YOUTH

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AMONG CARIBBEAN YOUTH Lane, Trevor More than one-third of Caribbean students participating in a multinational health survey reported ever having had sex.1 Among the respondents-15,695 students aged 10-18 in nine countries-34% were sexually experienced (52% of males and 22% of females), of whom 43% were younger than 11 at first sex and 38% […]

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12-year IUDs, The

12-year IUDs, The Althaus, Frances Two copper-T IUDs appear to provide effective contraceptive protection for at least 12 years. In two multicenter trials, 3,277 women were recruited between January 1981 and July 1986 to use the TCu220C and 1,396 to use the TCu380A.1 The cumulative 12-year pregnancy rates were 7.6 and 2.2 per 100 women, […]